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  1. a plate of polished copper on which a writing, picture, or design is made by engraving or etching.
  2. a print or impression from such a plate.
  3. engraving or printing of this kind.
  4. a fine, elegant style of handwriting.
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Origin of copperplate

First recorded in 1655–65; copper1 + plate1
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Examples from the Web for copperplate

Historical Examples

  • Their usual form may be seen in the foreground of the copperplate No. 1.

    An Account of The Kingdom of Nepal

    Fancis Buchanan Hamilton

  • Who contrived the first copperplate press ever seen in this country?

  • The copperplate fac-similes of Mr. French's writing are as neat as anything of the kind we ever saw.

  • Its antiquity is proved by the evidence of copperplate grants to have been known as early as the 5th century.

  • Born at Margate in 1821, he was early in life apprenticed to a copperplate engraver in Bedfordbury.

    Haunted London

    Walter Thornbury

British Dictionary definitions for copperplate


  1. a polished copper plate on which a design has been etched or engraved
  2. a print taken from such a plate
  3. a fine handwriting based upon that used on copperplate engravings
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